Elma van Boxel (1975) and Kristian Koreman (1978) studied landscape architecture at IAH Larenstein, architecture and urbanism, AVBR (van Boxel) and philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Koreman). They founded ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] in 2001, where they work on solicited and unsolicited designs and research studies in the field of architecture, urbanism and landscape design.
Realized projects include the landscape design of the Dutch Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Central Park on the World Expo, the Printemps park at Grand Bigard Brussels and the exhibition pavilion Spiegelzee on the Dutch coast. Large-scale urban plans, such as Almere Duin, are under construction. A typical result of their proactive working method is the Test Site Rotterdam. Currently, they are working together with MIT and Urbanisten on the Rebuild by Design Project in the U.S.